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12 May 2016

Dr Andrea Teti in Debate Turin International Book Fair

Dr Andrea participates in Debate regarding Egypt at the International Book Fair.

WHAT STABILITY WITHOUT RIGHTS?

Discussion of the outcome of the workshop Desaparecisos / Mukhtafun Egypt. An old story in a new scenario? as part of the 'Anime Arabe' and 'Law and Justice' thematic sections of the Turin International Book Fair.

Date: Thursday, May 12, 12:00

Location: Babel - International Forum

Sponsors:

  • Centre for Civil Society and Rule of Law (Aberdeen University)
  • University of Turin
  • Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro (CGIL)

Participants:

  • Prof. Stefano Allievi (Padova)
  • Dr. Rosita Di Peri (Turin)
  • Sharif Abdul Quddus
  • Dr. Andrea Teti (Aberdeen)

The debate was chaired by Rosita Di Peri (University of Turin) and was attended by Stefano Allievi, a sociologist of religion at Padua University, independent journalist and author Sharif Abdul Quddus, and Andrea Teti (University of Aberdeen).

The first part of the meeting discussed an issue at the center of European-Egyptian relations: the murder in Cairo of Giulio Regeni, an Italian PhD student at Cambridge University researching independent trade unions in Egypt.

Andrea Teti began his speech by saying that the issue of Friuli student, tortured and killed in Egypt, epitomised how Western governments had underestimated the Arab Uprisings and the social, economic and political pressures that had lead to the revolutions of 2010-2011. Indeed, past economic policies have resulted in socio-economic disolcation thus increasing political tensions. By contrast, Western governments have often propped up both these economic policies and the authoritarian regimes that benefited from them.

Sharif Abdul Quddus pointed out that Giulio Regeni is seen in Egypt as a martyr by the revolutionaries because his case embodies the abuses that the state imposes upon oridinary Egyptians. Despite everything, the Egyptian state, as we could see from its reaction to the Regeni case, has always denied and still denies having had anything to do with these inhuman acts of violence. Sharif Abdul Quddus added that the force with which the state attaches citizens is proportional to the fear that it has them, because our bodies are forms of resistance that are affected when we show we are aware of our rights.

The meeting ended with reflection proposed by Rosita Di Peri with how to continue the struggle for the emancipation of the people. 


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